Tulum Wedding

Wednesday, July 6, 2011












































Just because a girl's on vacation doesn't mean her love of weddings takes a back seat. In fact, I spent plenty of time in Mexico dreaming about gorgeous destination wedding set against the crystal clear ocean and white sand beaches, and this celebration was my dream come true!

The couple chose Tulum for its beauty, and invited 40 guests for a week of wedding festivities that spanned Halloween. They were inspired by traditional Mexican culture and the stunning setting, and incorporated folk art, tropical leaves and white sand. Rick Leech and Damien Riddell, friends of the newlyweds, designed the save the dates and invitations, dotted with colorful papel picado flags and banners; the couple made sure similar flags and banners from Ay Mujer! were hung around the Cabanas La Luna.

The bride and groom wore J.Crew; Nicole chose a French tulle gown in a perfectly sandy shade and fastened with a vintage pin made by her grandfather that has been passed down through generations in her family. She also wore a flower in her hair, made for her by the Silver Moon. The newlyweds exchanged platinum bands made by a close family friend and a protégé of the bride's grandfather.

Guests joined the barefoot couple for a "cosmic wedding ceremony" lead by locals Charlie and Maria. Each guest played a role in the ceremony, and a five piece Mariachi band dressed all in white serenaded the guests immediately after. They also lead the way to the bar for margaritas–a pretty perfect touch, if you ask me.

Rory and Nicole served a buffet of traditional Yucatan dishes and a tres leches cake topped with a Dia de los Muertes bride and groom. Gwen and Marion of Destination Wedding Tulum helped to coordinate day of details, and Jacob and the staff at La Luna made the week long event feel like a vacation. Alison Bank of First Comes Love Photo was on hand to capture each gorgeous detail, and generous enough to share these incredible images with me!

42 comments:

  1. what's more beautiful than a woman, wearing a wedding dress, in the ocean? I love that they used Dia de los Muertos cake toppers!

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  2. It looks so fun! I'm loving it!

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  3. Beautiful wedding, beautiful photos! I love the color of her wedding gown.

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  4. shell ring pics get me every time. love it!

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  5. I can't get over that beautiful pin! Plus, that shell shot is stunning!

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  6. This tops the list as one of my favorite weddings this year. Mexico weddings make my heart go pitter-patter and this is no exception! I adore the unique decor; it's all so refreshing!

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  7. Definitely my favorite wedding ever!

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  8. Wow! I love how free spirited this wedding was. So gorgeous and full of life and color.

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  9. holy cow! I'm in love with her dress!! beautiful wedding!!

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  10. Love the first picture of the groom. Priceless!

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  11. such a stunning wedding!! Gorgeous details!!! Love it, Lena! xo, chrissy

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  12. I adore the aqua details and that the bride's dress is the color of sand... gorgeous tropical wedding!

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  13. Welcome back! I've missed your blog since you've been gone! I just read through your previous post and it sounds like you two had an amazing time. Ah I am so jealous...to be able to drink margaritas and eat tacos on the sand in Mexico. Dreamy! :)

    xo
    Alexa

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  14. Soso pretty :) I love beach weddings and this one is just amazing!

    *hugs*

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  15. what a beautiful beach wedding! love the jewelry!

    hope you had a wonderful time on vaca, my dear!

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  16. What a perfect beach wedding dress! I love Tulum, the beaches are goregous!

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  17. Hi everyone... just stopping by to proclaim that I am Lena's biggest fan. (<-- FIRST)

    Also, and Lena, this is obvs., but you have an amazing blog. However that actually has little to do with the biggest fan thing. Well a little.

    xoxo,
    A to the LISON UP!

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  18. I sooo want that fab brooch! Amazingly delicious!

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  19. beautiful photos.. i love destination weddings!

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  20. I wish you could have two weddings because my next one would absolutely be a destination wedding! I love the bright colors!

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  21. What a gorgeous beach wedding! Love the idea of something blue with turquoise jewelry. I had never thought of that! How original! Have fun celebrating the 4th this weekend. :) xo style, she wrote

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  22. Love the ring, the beach, the dress, the easygoing feeling of the wedding, I LOVE everything abut it, especially the 2nd to last picture where they are just so comfortable! :D

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

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  23. Thank you all for the sweet comments. This was, by far, one of my favorite weddings to photograph!

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  24. Oh this is absolutely wonderful. I love the little details on her dress and the way it looks with the sea in the background!

    Hope you had a wonderful vacation :)

    xo,
    C

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  25. I love how relaxed this wedding looks! so pretty :)

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  26. So stunning. And organic and romantic. Ugh. Love it!

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  27. sigh - beach wedding is my absolute dream

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  28. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding, they look so happy!

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  29. how fun and beautiful :)
    i really love that type of beach wedding and am in love with some of her wedding photos!

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  30. Fabulous location...and love the little surprise touches (the turquoise star brooch, the glass globes holding tiny plants, the paper cutout flags for the drink straws) tucked away throughout this wedding!

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  31. Welcome back, lady! Hope you had a relaxing time (and drank lots of good tequila?)

    Ah, destination weddings! I wish I had one to go to this year.

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  32. this wedding is so pretty and looks like it was completely stress free. i love the simplicity and yet fun touches of it all!

    life spelled jen

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  33. Ah, that brooch, and the leaves on the table! I was done as soon as I saw those elements.

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  34. I'm crazy for those turquoise touches, perfect for a seaside wedding. Lovely!

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  35. Loving the Birde's dress.
    Sending these pics to my bestie who is having a Fiji wedding next year for some lovely island wedding inspiration.

    ~ Clare x

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  36. I love the touches of turquoise... my favorite color!

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  37. Wow. Looks like a wonderful setting. Love this.

    I've got a raw crystal necklace giveaway on the ol' bloggo.
    strawberry freckleface

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